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Surveys for Milo's Downtown Revitalization

January 08, 2009 - TRC

It is vital for Milo residents to become involved in the downtown revitalization planning process now to assure that the final plan will be one which meets the expectations of Milo residents and moves us closer to becoming the community we want to be. With the input of as many residents and business owners / managers as possible, the groups working on remaking downtown have a way of knowing they are meeting the needs of Milo and Milo residents.

PCEDC is conducting surveys of Milo residents, residents of nearby towns, visitors to the region and the Milo business community to gather their unique and valuable input. Some great things about doing the survey are : it's free ! and there are no wrong answers, you don't get graded, and you have the satisfaction of knowing you have done something important for Milo. It is not necessary to answer every question on the survey but we hope you will consider doing so. It is important at this point to share your thoughts and especially that you connect with the process and add your perspective on Milo's assets, our deficiencies, parking, signage, marketing Milo for best results, what you'd like to see for businesses in Milo, when do you shop locally and what makes you take your business to another town, and how important is historical preservation vs building a new look for downtown. There's more but you will see these topics on the survey as well as others. The more you can tell us about what you see as important, the better the end result will be. Comments are most welcome. If you need space for writing, the back of the pages are blank and you are welcome to add comment pages.

Surveys are available at the Milo Town Office. Please make a little time to stop by and fill out a survey on or before January 14th.


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Town of Milo Customer Survey

Thank you for taking time to participate in this survey. Feel free to use the back of this form or additional paper if you need more space for answers. Please number your answers on any supplemental pages so that it is clear which question you are addressing. Feel free to skip any questions which you do not feel apply to you.

For the purposes of this survey "downtown" refers to the portion of Milo from the town hall down Main Street to the Dover-Foxcroft end of the bridge over the Sebec River.

1. Please circle one. Are you :

A. A resident of Milo
B. A resident of a nearby town
C. A visitor to the region

2. What are the economic and community development assets of downtown Milo - things that attract visitors, customers and jobs ?

A.______________________________________________________________


B.______________________________________________________________


C.______________________________________________________________


D.______________________________________________________________


E.______________________________________________________________

What are the most pressing economic and community development needs of downtown Milo - things that need to be fixed because they keep people away and/or things/businesses that need to be added in order to attract more visitors, customers and jobs ?

A.______________________________________________________________


B.______________________________________________________________


C.______________________________________________________________


D.______________________________________________________________


E.______________________________________________________________


4. What types of businesses would you like to see go into the Eastern Piscataquis Industrial Park ?

A. ______________________________________________________________


B. ______________________________________________________________


C.______________________________________________________________


D.______________________________________________________________


E.______________________________________________________________

5. Do you consider historical restoration to be an important factor in the revitalization of downtown Milo ?

Yes, because ____________________________________________________


________________________________________________________________


No, because _____________________________________________________


________________________________________________________________

6. Please circle any of the following items that would help make Main Street safer and more pedestrian friendly:

A. Crosswalks

B. More lighting

C. Better signage

D. Other ? ___________________________________________

E. None of the above. Main Street is fine the way it is now.


7. Approximately what percentage of your shopping/purchase of services is done in Milo ?

______________________

Approximately how much of your business goes out of town ?

_______________________


8. In order of importance, what are the top three reasons you do business in town ?

A._____________________________________________________________


B._____________________________________________________________


C._____________________________________________________________

9. In order of importance, what are the top three reasons you do business out of town ?

A.______________________________________________________________


B.______________________________________________________________


C.______________________________________________________________

10. What are the top three things that the business community/town/county economic development planners could do to increase the amount of your business that could be conducted in Milo ?

A. ______________________________________________________________


B. ______________________________________________________________


C.______________________________________________________________

11. What are the top three things that Milo business owners could do internally to better meet your shopping/purchase of services needs ?

A. ______________________________________________________________


B. ______________________________________________________________


C. ______________________________________________________________

12. What types of support / assistance do you think would help Milo businesses achieve the items listed in question 9 ? Circle all that apply:

A. A strong Milo Business Association.
B. Educational programs for small business owners.
C. Low-interest loans.
D. Better marketing of the region.
E. Other_________________________________________________________


________________________________________________________________


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Town of Milo Business Owner/Manager Survey

If you already answered questions 1 through 4 during the 2006 survey, you may skip to question number 5, or you may update your original answers to each question. Feel free to use the back of this form or additional paper if you need more space for answers. Please number your answers on any supplemental pages so that it is clear which question you are addressing.

For the purposes of this survey "downtown" refers to the portion of Milo from the town hall down Main Street to the Dover-Foxcroft end of the bridge over the Sebec River.

1. What are the economic and community development assets of downtown Milo ?

A._________________________________________________________________


B._________________________________________________________________


C._________________________________________________________________


D._________________________________________________________________


E._________________________________________________________________

2. What are the most pressing economic and community development needs of downtown Milo ?

A._________________________________________________________________


B._________________________________________________________________


C._________________________________________________________________


D._________________________________________________________________


E._________________________________________________________________

3. What types of businesses would you like to see go into the Eastern Piscataquis Industrial Park ?
A. _______________________________________________________________


B. _______________________________________________________________


C.________________________________________________________________


D.________________________________________________________________


E.________________________________________________________________


4. Do you consider historical restoration to be an important factor in the revitalization of downtown Milo ?

Yes, because_______________________________________________________


__________________________________________________________________


No, because________________________________________________________


___________________________________________________________________

5. Please circle any of the following items that would help make Main Street safer and more pedestrian friendly:

A. Crosswalks
B. More lighting
C. Better signage
D. Other ? __________________________________________________________
E. None of the above. Main Street is fine the way it is now.

6. In order of importance, what are the top three reasons customers utilize your business ?

A.________________________________________________________________


B. _______________________________________________________________


C.________________________________________________________________

7. What percentage of your customers would you estimate are Milo residents, residents of nearby communities and people from away who visit this region ?

Milo Residents__________________________

Nearby Residents________________________

Visitors to the Region_____________________

8. What are the top three things that the business community / town / county economic development planners could do to increase the number of each type of customer that utilizes your business ?

Milo Residents

A. ______________________________________________________________


B. ______________________________________________________________


C. ______________________________________________________________

Nearby Residents

A._______________________________________________________________


B._______________________________________________________________


C._______________________________________________________________

Visitors to the Region

A.________________________________________________________________


B.________________________________________________________________


C.________________________________________________________________


9. What are the top three things you could do internally to increase numbers of each type of customer ?

Milo Residents
A._______________________________________________________________


B._______________________________________________________________


C._______________________________________________________________

Nearby Residents
A._______________________________________________________________


B._______________________________________________________________


C._______________________________________________________________


Visitors to the Region

A._______________________________________________________________


B._______________________________________________________________


C._______________________________________________________________


10. What types of support/assistance would help you achieve the items listed in question 9 ? Circle all that apply:

A. A strong Milo Business Association.

B. Educational programs for small business owners.

C. Low-interest loans.

D. Better marketing of the region.

E. Other__________________________________________________________

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NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.